Are you looking to get rid of cellulite? While there is no cure for the condition, there are a variety of non-surgical devices on the market that can lessen the appearance of cellulite. But people are always curious to find out what really works and what doesn’t. So which treatment is best for non-surgical cellulite reduction?

What causes cellulite?

Cellulite refers to the dimpling effect that occurs when the fat below the surface of the skin pushes up through the layer of connective tissue that is interwoven throughout the fat. These bands of connective tissue help to anchor the skin, but they sometimes contract and harden, and when this happens they pull down on the skin and create a dimpled effect.

Cellulite is a well-studied cosmetic condition that affects 85% to 90% of women around the world. Although men also get cellulite, women are far more prone to developing the condition because of how the connective tissue is arranged in the fat layer below the dermis.

Cellulite is most often seen on the buttocks and thighs, and has been traditionally been treated with creams, gels, and lotions. However, several non-surgical treatment options are now available.

Non-surgical cellulite reduction

Non-surgical cellulite reduction involves the use of devices that use laser, radiofrequency (RF) or ultrasound technology to treat cellulite. These devices typically work by heating the fibrous bands of tissue, or reducing the thickness of the fat layer. Mechanical treatments for cellulite are also very effective.

Which treatment is best for non-surgical cellulite reduction?

Cellfina is considered one of the best non-surgical treatments for cellulite. Cellfina is a mechanical treatment for cellulite that addresses the underlying cause of the condition, and that’s why it is able to radically reduce the appearance of cellulite dimples.

What is Cellfina?

Cellfina is a minimally invasive mechanical treatment for cellulite on the buttocks and thighs. It is FDA cleared for reducing the appearance of cellulite for up to 2 years, which is longer than any other non-surgical cellulite-reducing product on the market. The fact that Cellfina is a long-lasting solution for cellulite is another reason why it’s viewed as such an effective treatment option.

How it works

The Cellfina treatment is done under local anesthesia, and involves the use of a small needle-sized hand-held device that has a small blade. The blade is inserted a few millimeters below the surface of the skin through a very tiny incision. The vacuum action suctions the skin in the targeted areas into the device, and the blade shears the bands of fibrous tissue that pull down on the skin and holds the fat in place.

Once the fibrous bands are cut and the overlying tissue is released, the skin bounces back into position, so there is a reduction in the visible appearance of cellulite.

Cellfina treatment takes about 45 minutes on average, but this may vary, depending on the number of areas being treated. It typically takes only one Cellfina treatment to achieve the desired results, because once the fibrous bands are broken they cannot reconnect.

What to expect

There is generally some swelling and bruising after treatment, and there may also be some tenderness. However, recovery time is minimal, and most patients are able to return to work within a day or two.

The results of Cellfina are apparent about 3 days after treatment and the skin will be remarkably smoother and wrinkle-free.

Are you a good candidate for Cellfina?

If you have cellulite dimples that are bothering you and you are looking for a nonsurgical solution, you would probably be a good candidate for Cellfina. Candidates for Cellfina should also be in good physical condition and not be overweight or have skin laxity. Cellfina works best on patients with mild to moderate localized areas of dimple-type cellulite.

If you are considering cellulite treatment, it’s important to consult with a board certified plastic surgeon to find out whether or not you would be a good candidate.

If you are in the Orange County area, contact South Coast Plastic Surgery, Irvine, CA, for more information on Cellfina.

Call (949) 701-4454 today to schedule a consultation.